'''Johanna Louise Spyri''' (née Heusser) (; 12 June 1827 – 7 July 1901) was a Swiss
-born author of novels and best known for her children's stories, and is best known for her book ''Heidi
''. Born in the rural area of Hirzel
, as a child she spent several summers in the area around Chur
, the setting she later would use in her novels.